On March 17 the US President ,Joe Biden, called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “killer” during an interview. Specifically, when ABC news Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked him directly if he thought Putin is a “killer” Mr. President replied “Mhmm, I do.”
An intelligence report commissioned by Biden followed the interview. The report states that Russia attempted to stand in the way of the recent US elections. Russia did not use hackers or technological instruments to distort the results but misinformation and social media to skew the debate in favor of former President, Donald Trump. Joe Biden publicly stated that Putin will “pay a price” for his interference.
The Kremlin reacted to US President Joe Biden’s statements sharply. In fact, the Kremlin proceeded to characterize the claim that Putin is a “Killer” unprecedented and the US-Russian relationship “very bad”. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov specifically said that "there hasn't been anything like this in history."
The Russian President himself fired back at the American President’s accusation that he is a “killer” saying “it takes one to know one”. He also said he would wish Joe Biden good health and that Moscow would not resume work with Washington in areas of common interest even though there are, as he stated, “biological differences between Russians and Americans.”
Russia’s foreign ministry stated that "Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has been summoned to Moscow for consultations in order to analyse what needs to be done in the context of relations with the United States.” At the same time, it was added that Russia is interested in "preventing an irreversible deterioration in relations".
It seems that the tension between Russia and the US has re-emerged. Was it a mistake to make the intelligence report public or should Russia actually “pay” for the political scheme ?